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Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Frugal Living. […]

Can I Deduct Donations Made In My Name?

When I worked at Northrop Grumman, they always celebrated National Engineer’s Week with a token gift to employees and some cake in the cafeteria. While I was there, I think I received things like a laser pointer and an insulated lunch bag. […]

$4 Million Not Enough to Retire on If You're Young

CNN Money had a reader write in with this question: I hope to have $4 million saved by the time I retire in 30 years. That sounds like a lot of money, but how much would that be in today's dollars? Their response talks about how the reader is right to ask this question because of the impact inflation has on purchasing power -- especially over a long period of time. […]

If You Can’t Get These Features, Start Shopping for a New Bank (52/365)

Over the last few days, we’ve talked about several features your bank should have: compatible hours, few (or no) fees, solid interest, and a large ATM network. On top of that, I’d add robust online banking as well. The question then becomes what do you do if your bank doesn’t offer these things? I’d suggest shopping for a new bank. Here’s how. First of all, I’d check out local banks. […]

Financial Disaster: How to Deal with Divorce

According to the CDC, in 2009 the divorce rate was 50%. Per 1,000 people there were 6.8 marriages and 3.4 divorces. Looking at the data from the past three years, it might look like the trend is reversing as the number of divorces per 1,000 people has fallen in each of those years but the number of marriages has fallen at the same rate. […]

Best Discount/Online Brokers for 2012

In their February issue, Consumer Reports looked at the best brokers based on reader feedback. […]

FMF March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 33-36

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Payroll Tax Cut Extended

Late last week, members of Congress decided to go ahead and extend the payroll tax cut through the end of of 2012. Set to expire at the end of 2011, the payroll tax cut was extended by a couple of months as a stop-gap, and now has been extended through the end of the year. The move is designed to keep the employee portion of the payroll tax at 4.2%, instead of the usual 6.2%. […]

Why Didn’t I Get My Tax Refund?

Have you filed your taxes yet? I haven’t. In fact, I rarely get things pulled together this early. But some people do. And it won’t be long before at least a few of them are wondering why their tax refund has shown up. Well, the good folks over at WiseBread have some answers… Errors on your return. […]

FMF Cruise Review, Part 6

This is a follow-up post to part 5.Today we hit two more islands!Friday, January 20This was our best day of the whole trip. Absolutely amazing!We were up early and it was a bit overcast and raining. But by the time we went to breakfast and came back, the sun was out!We exited the ship in Antigua at 9:20 am and walked along the dock. […]

Improve Your Finances By Modifying Your Behavior

Improving your financial situation requires more than just trying harder. People who write financial websites offering advice often think or imply that the reason for financial misfortune is ignorance of the basics. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Games and Drinks Edition

For some reason, three people have contacted me within the last day or two asking me for suggestions on how to deal with drinks and snacks when playing board or card games with friends. They do make a mess. If we’re just playing a game with an ordinary deck of playing cards, I don’t sweat it. […]

How Safe Is Your Cash?

This is a post from staff writer Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. […]

What is Regulation D?

Before the popularity of online banks with their high yield savings accounts, you never transferred money directly out of a savings account. You usually transferred it to your checking account and then write checks, withdrew cash, or used a debit card. […]

5 Money Truths That Aren't Always Obvious

One of the beautiful things about life is that there are always pleasant surprises waiting to be discovered. Even with the sometimes mundane topic of money, there are many revelations to be had. Here are five such money truths that aren't necessarily obvious. […]

10 More Great Uses for Old Ties

One of the casualties of our more informal work world is a surplus of neckties. Visit any thrift store of a respectable size, and you’ll find whole nests of colorful old ties coiled and tangled in bins and snaked through hangers. Exploring them is a history lesson in fashion and in the vagaries of style. […]

Best Money Tips: Stay Organized When Grocery Shopping

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles to help you organize your grocery shopping, write a better business letter, and overcome negative emotions. Top 5 Articles 6 Ways to Stay Organized When Grocery Shopping — Pick a good time to go grocery shopping so you can hit the sales and miss the crowds. […]

How to Save Money on College Applications

We all know that college can be expensive, but I didn't realize that just applying to colleges can cost hundreds of dollars. This fall, when my oldest son began to submit his applications, I got schooled on these expenses and picked up some ideas on how to control them. […]

My Credit Card Rewards for 2011: Almost $2,300

Last year was a banner year for me in credit card rewards. Why? Because I hit the trifecta: I increased the amount I spent using my credit cards, I got some cards with terrific cash back levels, and I received some very nice bonuses for getting new cards. […]

Sample Portfolios Of Financial Bloggers: Investing For The Future

How do your friendly personal finance bloggers invest? Quite some time ago, I had the great opportunity to gain some insights on how a few financially savvy bloggers were constructing their investment portfolios. […]